2. When it’s all over, remember to thank your vendors… publicly.
If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is to… write something that could sway couples to call that company.
Like most Tribesmaids, I’ve had a little love-in with nearly all my vendors. I simple cannot believe that they’ve taken some sketchy brief and come back with designs, flowers, decorations, etc., that completely surpassed my expectations. After the wedding, I wrote each one an incredibly detailed thank you as I wanted them to be able to use my comments as a testimonial to share with other brides and grooms.
If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is not just a letter of profuse thanks, but to also take it upon yourself to find a public site that rates said vendor and write something that could sway couples to call that company. I know it’s not really in our job descriptions to act as their marketing departments. But as so many of them went out of their way for me, I am genuinely moved to want to make a difference to their business.
1. Have a registry? DON’T write thank you letters in advance.
You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m a Type A personality. And when I read an online suggestion to write thank you letters in advance as guests start to buy gifts or make donations, I jumped at the idea. So precise, so organized! And I would be able to express my thanks without suffering perhaps quite as much letter fatigue as someone who wrote them all in one go (i.e., after the wedding).